University: Future festival 2023

The German Forum for the Digitalisation of Higher Education, funded by the government, together with its partners, organised University: Future 2023 festival on 28 April. Prof. Airina Volungevičienė, Director of Institute for Study Innovations, gave a presentation: Time to self-assess your institution’s approach to digitally enhanced learning and teaching?

This session will focus on the why and how of undertaking a self-assessment of digitally enhanced learning and teaching in higher education institutions. It will explore the rationale behind undertaking such an exercise, namely the need to take stock of lessons learnt during the pandemic, identify areas of weakness and set strategic priorities over the coming five years. As such, it will examine how a self-assessment exercise can feed into institutional strategy development and decision-making processes. This session will present desk research and case studies undertaken as part of the DIGI-HE project (2020-2023), an initiative that has explored different ways higher education institutions can boost their strategic approaches to digitally enhanced learning and teaching and enhance their capacity. More concretely, it will inform participants of the benefits of and barriers to using self-assessment “instruments”, which are tools or frameworks allowing institutions to evaluate their state of play with respect to digitally enhanced learning and teaching. It will also provide advice on how to choose an instrument which best caters for a particular institution’s needs.